Why Do I feel Anxious first thing in the mornings?

Morning anxiety is a common experience for menopausal women due to several factors:

  1. Hormonal Fluctuations: During menopause, levels of oestrogen and progesterone fluctuate, which can impact neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate mood. This hormonal imbalance can lead to increased feelings of anxiety, particularly in the morning when cortisol levels are naturally higher.
  2. Sleep Disruptions: Menopause often brings sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or night sweats. Poor sleep quality can result in waking up feeling tired and anxious, as the body hasn’t had sufficient rest to manage stress effectively.
  3. Physical Symptoms: Hot flashes, night sweats, and other physical symptoms of menopause can be distressing and uncomfortable, contributing to a heightened state of anxiety upon waking.
  4. Stress and Lifestyle Factors: Menopause often coincides with significant life changes, such as children leaving home, aging parents, or career shifts. These stressors can compound morning anxiety, as the mind may race with worries and to-do lists as soon as the day begins.
  5. Health Concerns: The changes in the body during menopause can lead to increased health concerns, which can fuel anxiety. Concerns about weight gain, heart health, and bone density may contribute to a heightened sense of unease.

Understanding these factors can help in managing morning anxiety. Practices like mindfulness, yoga, and setting positive intentions can be particularly beneficial in creating a calm and balanced start to the day.

 

 

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5 Reasons for a Menofit Woman to Attend Zen Week

Are you a woman navigating the transformative journey of menopause? Embrace the change with grace and balance by joining our upcoming Zen Week. This unique online event, starting Tuesday, 25th June at 8am, is designed to enhance your well-being through daily yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices. Here are five compelling reasons why Zen Week is perfect for you:

  1. Find Your Inner Calm Menopause can bring a whirlwind of emotions and stress. Zen Week offers daily guided meditations and mindfulness practices to help you find your inner calm. These sessions will teach you how to center yourself, reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of peace throughout your day.
  2. Improve Flexibility and Physical Comfort Gentle yoga sessions every morning are tailored to enhance flexibility and ease any physical discomfort associated with menopause. These 15-minute routines are easy to follow and designed to make your body feel more fluid and comfortable, improving your overall mobility and well-being.
  3. Set Positive Intentions Each session begins with setting a daily intention, helping you start your day with a clear and positive mindset. This practice not only boosts your motivation but also aligns your actions with your goals and values, making each day more purposeful and fulfilling.
  4. Learn Lifelong Skills Zen Week is not just about immediate relief; it’s about equipping you with lifelong skills. You’ll learn how to meditate effectively, practice mindfulness, and incorporate gentle yoga into your daily routine. After the 7 days, you’ll have lifetime access to the yoga videos, allowing you to continue these beneficial practices whenever you need.
  5. Build a Supportive Community Joining Zen Week means becoming part of a community of like-minded women who understand and share your experiences. The group mindset coaching sessions provide a platform to connect, share, and support each other, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual encouragement.

For just £39, you can transform your mornings and set a positive tone for your entire day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to rejuvenate your mind and body. Sign up for Zen Week and embark on a journey towards greater balance and well-being.


Feel free to join us and discover the many benefits Zen Week has to offer. Your path to serenity and strength begins here!

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Stress Awareness Month

Back to basics Weight Loss – Snacking

It all so confusing these days.  There’s so much information out there, calorie counting, low fat, fasting, high protein…. where should you start?

As a 50 woman myself, I feel your pain.  So, lets take some time to get back to basics and learn about the foundations of nutrition and habit change.

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How to say goodbye to limiting beliefs

Have you ever taken a moment to think about how your negative beliefs could be messing up your efforts to adopt a healthier lifestyle?

Whilst there are many things that can get in the way of our journey towards better health and fitness, one of the main things holding us back are the subconscious beliefs we hold about ourselves.

What are limiting beliefs?

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‘Bad’ day? Week? Month? Here’s what to do

It’s been one of those days. You have the best intentions, but you just didn’t manage to live up to them today. Or yesterday. Maybe you’ve been struggling to meet your health and fitness goals at all this week, or maybe you’re looking back on the month just gone and wondering where it all went ‘wrong’.

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Take the stress out of your life to avoid dementia

The toll that stress takes, and how to recognise and manage it.

Has it got to the point where it just feels like being stressed is just your default mode? You might achieve a state of zen now and again, on holidays or on a Saturday afternoon, but you generally spend most of your days experiencing greater or lesser degrees of stress, and it’s started to just feel normal. You’ve accepted it as a reality of life.

The truth is that it has been proven that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol running through your blood stream can lead to alzheimers disease, which needs no introduction.

I’m here to tell you that stress in your life doesn’t have to be the case. And, that it really shouldn’t be the case, as those stress levels aren’t just affecting you in the here and now, but are also taking a toll on your future health, and on those around you.

If you think that stress is a problem for you, then this article is an excellent starting point for getting your life back. It’s not going to happen overnight, but with a little guidance and a little persistence, you should soon be feeling the difference.

We’re going to have a look at the negative effects that stress has on your body. Then, we’ll move on to how to recognise stress, which isn’t always that easy and, lastly, we’ll take a look at how to effectively minimise or manage it in your daily life, so that it doesn’t take over.

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Making the Choice to Change in 2019

New year always throws up so many overwhelming messages.

Time to change, what are your resolutions?

Have you set any goals…  They can sometimes leave us feeling inadequate and useless.

Then there is the endless TV programs on how to lose weight, quickest, cheapest, the best blah, blah blah.

On the16th January it will be my 23 year anniversary of working in the fitness, health and wellbeing industry.  Hard to believe I have been helping ladies (of a certain age!) to feel better about themselves, enjoy a strong fit body and to have fun whilst doing it for a whole 23 years!  There is one thing for sure, every January I have heard the same messages, the same promises from diets and gyms, the internet etc.

In my experience the ladies who DO challenge themselves and DO set goals and DO change are the ones who have the right mindset from the outset.  What makes them different?

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How does Mindful Movement help?

As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your feet feel like right now – their heaviness.

Well done you just did some mindful movement, yes, it is as simple as that.

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Winter Nights are here…

 

How many of us have managed to do some regular physical activity and been reasonably sensible about our diet during the Summer when it’s light till late?

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